No one, to the day of my graduation, had ever taught me to look understandingly at a painting, or a tree, or the facade of a building.
George F. Kennan, Memoirs
Kennan is far from alone. Because of widespread visual illiteracy, most of man-made America is ugly, messy and inchoate. But something may soon be done about the root problem. Next week Senator Claiborne Pell's Education Subcommittee will hold hearings on a bill that would provide $10 million annually for environmentalincluding visualeducation. During the hearings, the committee members (average age: 54) will be asked to pore over a book written expressly for 13-year-olds.